“Chubby Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2014
© Teklanika Photography 2014

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Chugach State Park, Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 285mm
1/800 sec @ f4.5
iso 200
© Teklanika Photography 2014

“Kenai Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Kenai River, Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/200 sec @ f5.6
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Running Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Running Cub”

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
07/14/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/200 sec @ f5.6
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Cub on a Log”

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© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Cub on a Log”

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
07/14/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/160 sec @ f5.6
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Cub of the Year”

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© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Cub of the Year”
A first-year bear cub is also know as a “cub of the year”.

Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
07/14/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 190mm
1/400 sec @ f5
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Mom with Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Mom with Cub”

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
06/17/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 120mm
1/200 sec @ f4.5
iso 320
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Black Bear Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Black Bear Cub”

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Chugach National Forest, Alaska
06/17/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 160mm
1/200 sec @ f5
iso 320
© Teklanika Photography 2013

Bold Black Bears Causing Trouble in Juneau

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Abby Lowell

It’s shaping up to be an extremely busy bear year in Juneau.

Locals have shared stories of bold black bear cubs entering downtown homes and the calls stemming from these sightings have kept officials like Ryan Scott, area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, busier than normal.

“I can’t exactly say why,” he said, “but we seem to have a bumper crop of young bears this year.”

He said the organization’s call log has already surpassed last year’s total tally by a long shot.

Scott said Fish and Game employees are systematically working through bear issues and taking steps to prevent unwanted encounters.

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Grizzly Sows Swap Cub in Grand Teton National Park

courtesy of the National Parks Traveler
by Kurt Repanshek

In an unusual, but apparently not unprecedented, move in wildlife behavior, two grizzly sows in Grand Teton National Park have swapped a cub. Making the swap even more curious is that the sows involved are themselves mother and daughter.

The cub swapping was detected last week when those monitoring the park’s grizzlies compared notes. According to park officials, the swapping was between 15-year-old grizzly No. 399, a prodigous sow when it comes to bearing triplets, and one of her daughters, 5-year No. 610.

No. 399 had given birth to three cubs this past winter. During the spring and into the summer she traveled with her young trio through much the same home range that she has maintained in recent years.

No. 610, who has a home range that overlaps with No. 399, meanwhile, had twins during the winter.

“The apparent adoption of a single cub occurred on or about July 21; the noteworthy event was confirmed by observations of No. 610 traveling with three cubs in the Willow Flats area of Grand Teton National Park, and later observations of No. 399 with just two cubs in an area further north of Willow Flats,” a park release said. “Biologists are not sure what caused the exchange of offspring, or whether this will be a temporary or permanent situation. However, these observations offer a fascinating glimpse into bear behavior.

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Bear Attacks 7 Teens in Talkeetna Mountains

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Casey Grove

A grizzly bear sow with a cub attacked a group of teenagers on a month-long survival-skills course Saturday night in the Talkeetna Mountains, causing severe injuries to two of the hikers, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The bear pounced as the seven hikers were crossing a creek about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Two of the teenagers suffered life-threatening injuries, and the other five were also injured, Peters said.

Troopers and Alaska Air National Guard rescuers eventually evacuated the group, Peters said.

The hikers were all between 16 and 18 years old, and were participating in a National Outdoor Leadership School course, Peters said.

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Bears Trapped in Downtown Juneau

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News

State biologists have trapped a black bear in downtown Juneau, but they say it’s not the nuisance bear they were looking for.

Fish and Game biologist Ryan Scott says the agency received reports of a mother and cub causing disturbances in the area. He says the wrong female bear was caught Wednesday.

Scott says that bear will be relocated out of town and that the agency will continue looking for the mother bear.

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5 Bad-News Grizzly Bears Plague the Town of Salcha

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Mary Pemberton

A potentially dangerous situation is brewing in the community of Salcha, where two mother grizzly bears are roaming the community, looking for food and getting into trouble.

What bear wouldn’t tear into a car for the groceries inside? Or pass up a freezer on a deck filled with goodies?

Art Thompson Jr., owner of the Salchaket Roadhouse, said Friday that the bears have been around for about a month looking for food in the community about 30 miles southeast of Fairbanks. He’s been taking garbage to the dump every day to keep the back of the roadhouse clean and bear-free.

The bears are pretty much going house to house in the community of about 1,000 people where Fairbanks-area residents have weekend homes, he said.

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Biologist Shoots Motherless Bear Cubs; Neighbors Upset

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Casey Grove

A state wildlife biologist shot and killed two orphaned black bear cubs Wednesday on the Anchorage Hillside, upsetting some residents of the neighborhood.

The cubs’ mother was killed about three weeks ago when a resident shot the animal to protect his property, said Jessy Coltrane, Anchorage area biologist with the Department of Fish and Game. Without their mother, the cubs would have eventually been killed by another bear or died of starvation, Coltrane said.

“The most humane thing is to put them down,” she said. “It is hands-down the least favorite part of my job.”

Coltrane received numerous phone calls about the cubs in the weeks after the sow’s death, she said. But the calls always came in too late to provide accurate information on the cubs’ whereabouts. Then, Wednesday morning, Coltrane said, a caller reported the cubs were in a tree near his house in a subdivision south of Rabbit Creek Road and above Golden View Drive.

“Unfortunately, because black bears are very common in the Lower 48 and up here, there’s not a lot of facilities that want them,” Coltrane said. Any facilities that might have taken the cubs were already full, she said.

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Anchorage Police Shoot Black Bear Attempting to Break Into Home

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage police shot and killed a young black bear that was trying to get into an East Anchorage home Friday afternoon.

The bear weighed about 50 or 60 pounds and was probably a yearling born last year, police Lt. Dave Parker said. It was crawling on a porch trying to get into a home on the 2400 block of Glenkerry Drive around 5:15 p.m. Friday, Parker said. That’s just north of Northern Lights Boulevard near the Anchorage Baptist Temple.

State Department of Fish and Game officials have instructed police to shoot bears that are trying to break into houses, Parker said. They are associating people with food.

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Click here to watch a video of the bear before it was killed